Crystal Bridges and The Momentary will be hosting a new event, Wellness Festival, from May 2 through May 5. The festival is meant to uplift art, nature, food and community in a celebration of well-being.


The festival is also set during the opening of The Portal: An Art Experience by Jewel, which will feature a variety of free and ticketed talks, workshops, culinary experiences and family-friendly engagements by community partners. The Wellness Festival will showcase the profound connections between creative expression and personal health.


The four-day experience will kick off with a panel discussion featuring Crystal Bridges Board Chair Olivia Walton and producer, filmmaker and advocate Tonya Lewis Lee in conversation on women and maternal health in Arkansas. Grammy-nominated singer and artist Jewel will provide the opening remarks. The first day’s conversation will be followed by an immersive sound healing experience led by singer and sound healing artist Davin Youngs.


At The Momentary on Friday, May 3, guests can expect myriad panels, author talks, workshops and farm-to-table demos with James Beard Award-winning Chef Matthew Cooper of Conifer.


The Portal: An Art Experience by Jewel will officially open on Saturday, May 4. The one-of-a-kind experience is fully curated by Jewel – a mental health pioneer – and will feature a 200-piece aerial drone show choreographed and scored by the artist, a meditative art walk, never-before-seen artworks by Jewel and chef-crafted dining options as part of a complete experience for the body, mind and spirit.


Sunday, May 5, will be the final day of the Wellness Festival. Guests can expect a free community day with wellness-focused gallery activities, partnering organizations and workshops at Crystal Bridges. At 4 p.m., Arianna Huffington, founder and
CEO of Thrive Global, and Alice Walton, philanthropist and founder of Crystal Bridges and the groundbreaking Heartland Whole Health Institute and Alice L. Walton School of Medicine, will discuss the intersection of art, medicine, health and well-being.


Thursday, May 2 | Crystal Bridges

  • 5:30 PM | Wellness Festival Welcome Remarks by Jewel
  • 6 PM | Opening Conversation: Advocating for Women and Maternal Health with Tonya Lewis Lee and Olivia Walton
  • 7 PM | Cocktail Hour in Eleven
  • 8 PM | Immersive Sound Experience featuring Sound Healing Artist Davin Youngs

Friday, May 3 | The Momentary

  • 9:30 AM | Welcome and Conversation with Art and Wellness Enterprises
  • 10 AM | “Your Brain on Art” Author Talk and Book Signing with Susan Magsamen
  • 11:15 AM | Jewel’s Innerworld: A Conversation on Scaling Access to Mental Health with CEO Noah Robinson
  • 12 PM | Farm to Table Lunch Experience with James Beard Award-nominated Chef Matthew Cooper (Conifer)
  • 2:15 PM | Food Demos with Chef Matthew Cooper
  • 4 PM | Downtown Bentonville Inc. First Friday with CB to You Mobile Art Lab

Saturday, May 4 | Crystal Bridges

  • 8 AM and 10 AM | Sunny Days Presents Meditation & Sound with Avery Whitmore
  • 7:30 PM | The Portal: An Art Experience by Jewel Opens at Crystal Bridges

Sunday, May 5 | Crystal Bridges

  • ALL DAY | Free community wellness day with wellness-focused gallery activities, partnering organizations, and workshops
  • 4 PM | Closing Conversations: Alice Walton and Arianna Huffington


To learn more about the inaugural Wellness Festival or reserve tickets, click here.


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